Place upon the altar apples,
pomegranates, pumpkins, squashes and other late autumn fruits. Autumn flowers
such as marigolds and chrysanthemums are fine too. Write on a piece of paper an
aspect of your life which you wish to be free of: anger, a baneful habit,
misplaced feelings, disease. The cauldron or some similar tool must be present
before the altar as well, on a trivet or some other heat-proof surface (if the
legs aren't long enough). A small, flat dish marked with an eight-spoked wheel
symbol should also be there.
Prior to the ritual, sit quietly and think of friends
and loved ones who have passed away. Do not despair. Know that they have gone on
to greater things. Keep firmly in mind that the physical isn't the absolute
reality, and that souls never die.
Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and
cast the Circle of Stones.
Recite the Blessing Chant.
Invoke the Goddess and God.
Lift one of the pomegranates and, with
your freshly-washed white-handled knife, pierce the skin of the fruit. Remove
several seeds and place them on the wheel-marked dish.
Raise your wand, face the altar and say:
this night of Samhain I mark your passing,
Sun King, through the sunset into the Land of the Young.
mark also the passing of all who have gone before,
all who will go after. 0 Gracious Goddess,
Mother, You who gives birth to the fallen,
me to know that in the time of the greatest
there is the greatest light.
Taste the pomegranate seeds; burst them with your
teeth and savor their sharp, bittersweet flavor. Look down at the eight-spoked
symbol on the plate; the wheel of the year, the cycle
of the seasons, the end and beginning of all creation.
Light a fire within the cauldron (a candle is fine).
Sit before it, holding the piece of paper, gazing at its flames. Say:
One of the Waning Moon, Goddess of the starry night,
create this fire within Your cauldron to transform that which is plaguing me.
the energies be reversed.
Light the paper in the cauldron's flames and drop it
inside. As it bums, know that your ill diminishes, lessens and finally leaves
you as it is consumed within the universal fires.
If you wish, you may attempt scrying or some other
form of divination, for this is a perfect time to look into the past or future.
Try to recall past lives too, if you will. But leave the dead in peace. Honor
them with your memories but do not call them to you. t Release any pain and
sense of loss you may feel into the cauldron's flames.
Works of magic, if necessary, may follow.
Celebrate the Simple Feast.
The circle is released.
It is traditional on Samhain night to leave a plate
of food outside the home for the souls of the dead. A candle placed in the
window guides them to the lands of eternal summer, and burying apples in the
hard-packed earth "feeds' the passed ones on their journey.
For food, beets, turnips, apples, com, nuts,
gingerbread, cider, mulled wines and pumpkin dishes are appropriate, as are meat
dishes (once again, if you're not vegetarian. If so, tofu seems ritually
~ From Wicca For the Solitary Practitioner by Scott